What is psychotherapy?

Whereas most people have an idea what counselling means, many are much less clear about psychotherapy. There is considerable overlap between counselling and psychotherapy, both in the issues that can be addressed and the methods used. In general psychotherapy tends to address more deep-seated problems which may have roots in very early childhood experiences. Psychotherapy tends to take longer, and a commitment to regular sessions becomes important. The training of a psychotherapist can be longer that that of a counsellor, and a psychotherapist will normally have been to therapy themselves for several years.

There are many branches of psychotherapy, including Psychodynamic, Psychosynthesis, Transactional Analysis, Gestalt, Humanistic and Integrative, to name but a few.

If you are unclear about which form of therapy is best for you, please call Maurice Tomkinson.

What does psychotherapy involve?

Therapy sessions normally take place once a week and last an hour. At the first meeting the therapist will ask you about the problems or issues you would like to work on, and the results you would like to get from psychotherapy. He or she will also answer any queries you may have.

During subsequent sessions you can bring any issue you want to talk about, and together we will explore it in different ways, sometimes using imagery or dreams, sometimes by exploring feelings, often simply talking.

What sort of problems can be helped by psychotherapy?

The list below gives examples of some of the issues that can be worked with in psychotherapy:

addictions • anger management • anxiety • bereavement • breakdown • bullying • compulsions • communication difficulties • creative blocks • crises • depression • eating disorders • family problems • fear • mid-life crisis • obsessions • panic attacks • phobias • relationship problems • self harm • sexuality issues • sleeping problems • stress • suicidal feelings • traumas • work and career issues

This is by no means a complete list - if you have an issue that is not listed here, it doesn't mean that it can't be helped by psychotherapy. Give us a call to discuss it confidentially.

How long does it take?

This is not an easy question to answer, as it depends on the nature of the problem, the type of change you are looking to achieve, and your own readiness to make the necessary steps.

As a guide, clients find that a certain amount of emotional relief can be obtained by talking through a problem in one or two sessions, a single issue problem that has arisen fairly recently may be resolved in five or ten sessions, whereas a problem which is complex or has persisted for years may take many months to resolve.

How much does it cost?

Each practitioner working at the Hope Street Centre sets their own fee scales. As a guide, counselling and psychotherapy sessions typically cost £35-50 per hour. Some therapists offer reductions if a block of sessions is paid for in advance.

How do I access the service?

There is no need for a doctor's referral - you can make an appointment directly with the therapist, who will usually be able to see you within a week.

Therapists providing Psychotherapy
Jessica Woolliscroft Jessica Woolliscroft is an EMDR Europe Accredited Consultant, psychotherapist, trauma therapist, supervisor and trainer based at the Hope Street Centre.
Mike Johnson
Mike Johnson Mike Johnson practices counselling and psychotherapy, with a particular interest in Short-Term Psychodynamic Psychotherapy.
Dennis Richards Hypnotherapist  and Stress Management Trainer
Dennis Richards Dennis Richards.Counselling for depression, anxiety, relationship problems, bereavement etc. Hypnotherapy for confidence, weight loss, smoking. Stress management training and consultancy.
Maurice Tomkinson Maurice Tomkinson has worked as a counsellor and psychotherapist since 1999 in Sandbach, where he founded The Hope Street Centre. He works with a full range of problems and issues, with special interests in stress, trauma and personality disorders.
Patty Everitt
Patty Everitt A common reason for coming to counselling or therapy is to get rid of a problem that is causing us distress or leaving us feeling angry, fearful, sad or guilty. Maybe the problem has arisen after a change in our circumstances or maybe it has been building up over time until it stops us from being who we feel we really are or from doing the things we really want to do. Perhaps it has been unexpectedly triggered by an event or a person. Because problems often evoke unpleasant and strong emotions for us it is not always easy to talk about what’s really bothering us and perhaps sometimes we don’t even know that ourselves. My role is to help you feel safe enough to be able to find, confront and work with issues and to guide and support you as you explore. What does “safe enough” mean? It means building a non-judgemental relationship, a relationship of empathy and confidentiality, where boundaries are respected. This safe space enables difficult questions to be asked and answered and for emotions to be expressed. We would work together to help you discover your patterns of thoughts, feelings and behaviours. Together we can be curious about these patterns and notice which ones are helpful to you and which are less so. When we become consciously aware of our patterns then we have a choice about if and how we change them.
Kathryn Dykes
Dr Kathryn Dykes I am a Cognitive Analytic Therapy (CAT) Practitioner and HPC Registered Clinical Psychologist/Chartered Psychologist with the British Psychological Society with substantial experience of working psychologically. I use a variety of therapeutic approaches and have completed post-doctoral training Cognitive Analytic Therapy. This therapy focuses on repeating patterns in relationships and in our behaviour. I am also interested in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Solution Focussed, Psychodynamic and Mindfulness based approaches. I work therapeutically in the NHS and Private Practice with individuals and couples with a variety of psychological difficulties as well as being an invited Lecturer for local North West Universities.
Hope Pugh I am a fully qualified counsellor and psychotherapist regulated by the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) working within their code of ethics so that I may work with you in a confidential and professional way.
Sandy Juric New
Sandy Juric Sandy Juric is trained to masters level in both CBT and Integrative Psychotherapy. She has 15 years experience within the NHS and private practice, and offers an approach that has the flexibility to suit individual needs.
Dewi Thompson
Dewi Thompson As a counsellor I try to create a space which helps you to talk openly and comfortably about yourself and how you are feeling. Sometimes people find that they feel much better after only a few sessions, while some prefer to see a counsellor for weeks or months. We are all different, and everybody feels and reacts to life events in different ways, so it is important not to be hard on yourself because other people seem to be “handling things better”. This is something that we talk about during the course of the therapy.
Karen Moore I’m a counsellor that works at The Hope Street Centre in Sandbach. I have worked with lots of different presenting issues that have impacted on mental health and I’m interested in working with people who want to heal after sexual abuse or rape. I understand that you feel this may be too challenging but I know that it is possible to rebuild your life again.
Kathy Herring
Kathy Herring I am a psychotherapist specialising in trauma and attachment. I offer individual sessions with adults or children, sessions with child and parent together or work with parents to support their child.
Meryl Forse
Dr Meryl Forse Dr Meryl Forse uses a number of psychological approaches including Cognitive Behavioural, Systemic, Narrative, and Attachment based approaches. Areas of particular interest and specialism include Gifted and Talented children, self-injury and/or harm to others, and complex presentations as a result of difficult early life experiences.

About us

The Hope Street Centre is an independent centre located in the attractive rural market town of Sandbach in South Cheshire, with easy access to the M6 motorway and the railway network at Crewe.  The centre is readily accessible from the neighbouring towns of Congleton, Alsager, Middlewich, Holmes Chapel, Knutsford, Crewe, Kidsgrove, Winsford, Northwich, Warrington and Stoke on Trent.

To contact one of our therapists click this link
Our Address: 10 Hope Street, SANDBACH, Cheshire, CW11 1BA
Telephone:      01270 764003 (weekday afternoons only)

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